‘He almost took his head off’: Jamie Redknapp and Rio Ferdinand were amazed at how James Tarkowski escaped after conceding a high-footed penalty to Sean Longstaff
- Claret’s middle half Tarkovsky had an extremely high foot in the box
- His shoe made clear contact with the face of Newcastle midfielder Longstaff
- But umpire Anthony Taylor hasn’t overturned his original decision to continue playing
Jamie Redknapp and Rio Ferdinand were puzzled by how James Tarkowski avoided taking a penalty in Burnley’s Premier League game against Newcastle on Sunday.
The middle half of the Clarets raised their foot extremely high to clear the ball and made obvious contact with Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff. However, after consulting VAR, referee Anthony Taylor did not overturn his original decision to continue playing.
While it still wouldn’t have been a penalty in a world without VAR, experts rightly questioned why the no-penalty call was not undone with the video technology available.
Experts were frustrated after Anthony Taylor decided not to give Newcastle a penalty
Redknapp said of Sky Sports: “He almost took his head off! It is dangerous.’
Fellow campaigner Micah Richards continued: You saw Leeds attack yesterday with (Liam) Cooper, he took the ball first (before it was sent off). It’s just so inconsistent.
“I know we always say it has to be a clear and obvious mistake, but it’s a foul! His foot is high and it should be a punishment. ‘
Taylor decided to deny Steve Bruce a free kick despite James Tarkovsky’s high foot
Roy Keane, also in the studio, added, “You’re in luck, Burnley. If you talk about Longstaff there, it’s a stretch. You are very lucky there, Burnley, I think. «
Commenting on social media, ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: “How did VAR fail to decide this was a penalty?”
Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer spoke on Twitter and wrote: “This should be a pen. Everywhere else on the field … ”followed by several angry emojis.